Theft

by Kate Bousfield

I watched you today.

I watched a smile grow from your lying mouth and spread across your lying face. It never touched your eyes but he didn’t notice. He was too busy with your breasts – hoping that if you leaned forward a little more he would glimpse more than the soft cleavage that was already on offer. His eyes glued to the young flesh that had been denied him for so long.

Did you know he loved me? I doubt it even crossed your mind. No one in the park would have known either, only seeing love spread out on a blanket along with champagne and my favourite chocolates. He never had much imagination.

As I sat watching you I saw your trick. A clever trick of youth that I can never compete with. I have long since worn the invisible cloak of fortyhood – lost to all in a kind of sexless fog. He felt the touch of that fog too and went looking for you.

Your theft has gifted me dark glasses and a park bench, and denied me a security that was mine by rights. I watched your lying eyes and know clearly now that you never intended to involve your heart.

In a few weeks, months, you will grow tired of your prize, discarding him for the piercings and tattoos that are age appropriate. He will look back then, realising that the bulge in his trousers has let him down badly and he will come for me. And there I will be. In the farthest corner of the darkness night he will find me waiting for him, ready to spit in his eye.

Kate Bousfield is the author of Coven of One. She blogs here.

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  1. #1 by bob clay on January 19, 2008 - 3:25 pm

    It’s a great story Kate, but I can only say we are victims of biology…and yes I know, it’s pretty naff excuse. If they’d let me design it, I would have done it different….but sadly, I still suspect I would have failed.

  2. #2 by Bob Jacobs on February 6, 2008 - 8:33 pm

    I enjoyed this, Kate. Nice writing.

    Cheers,
    Rob

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